New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday inaugurated the 315th Sainik Rest House of the Kendriya Sainik Board (KSB) here aimed to provide facilities for former servicemen.
The minister expressed hope that the rest house, built at Naraina tri-junction near Delhi Cantonment area in west Delhi at a cost of around Rs 8 crore, would be the beginning of an initiative.
“The KSB will be able to expand on these in the years to come so that such facilities become an integral part of facilities for ex-servicemen,” Jaitley said.
He praised the armed forces for upkeep of the facilities. “The facilities which have been created are extremely hygienic and very liveable.”
“The armed forces have a tradition of maintaining their properties and preserving them well. And I am sure that the kind of modest charges which have been fixed, will be of a great assistance and value to all ex-servicemen.”
On the occasion, Jaitley also launched the new portal of the Sainik Rest House.
Developed in-house by the KSB, the portal lists out details, facilities, restrictions for use of the rest house and would soon provide facility for online payment, a Defence Ministry statement said.
Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa, Secretary (Ex-Servicemen Welfare) Prabhu Dayal Meena, Secretary (KSB) Brigadier M.H. Rizvi, senior officials of armed forces and from the Ministry of Defence were present on the occasion.